10 years ago
I have some 304 sheet. I use it to make control-line model airplane
handles. Each handle needs to have about 20 1/16" or .050" holes drilled
in it, in a pair of tidy lines.
This stuff breaks my regular old HSS drill bits, and my drill hand-
sharpening mojo is pretty spotty at 1/16".
I'm using them in a drill press. The whole process feels weird -- it
feels like there's a skin on the metal which prevents the drill from
starting to cut unless I feed it fairly hard, but once broken through
doesn't cause much problem. Most of the time that I break a drill bit
it's because I'm feeding it "just a bit harder", then SPING -- I've
broken another bit.
Is there a better drill bit to use, or have I just doomed myself to
trouble? Is there a better flavor of _stainless_ to use? I understand
that 304 is difficult to work with, but it's what McMaster had in the
thickness I wanted; having experienced its joys, however, I'm ready to
consider something else.
I think my next step is to get a dozen 1/16" drill bits, but if there's
some magic material that'll help here, I'm listening.